Who is Black Sherif and what is Kwaku the Traveler?
Black Sherif the Ghanaian musician and performer real name is Mohammed Ismail Sherif Kwaku Frimpong.
Where is does he hail from?
Mohammed Ismail Fimpong aka Black Sherif was born and raised in the gold mining town of Konongo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
When did he start making music?
Since 2019 the 20 year old drill rapper has been putting out music and climbing the Afrobeat Charts.
In 2022 Black Sherif became the first Ghanaian artist to reach Nigeria Apple Music Top 10 Chart with 3 singles simultaneously charting at once:
- “Always” his hit with Nigerian-UK rapper Darkoo peaked at number 1 on the Nigerian Apple Music Top 10 Chart.
- “Second Sermon Remix” featuring Burna Boy peaked at the 2 spot on the Apple music chart of the African country with the largest population.
- “Kwaku The Traveller” is Black Sherif biggest hit so far, reaching the number 1 spot on the Nigeria Apple Music Top Ten Chart. Making him the first Ghanaian artist to reach this spot without a Nigerian artist featured on the record.
Black Sherif International Appeal
Black Sherif approach to making afro-drill music is the reason he is a standout compared to his peers. His style rely heavy on infectious hooks/chorus, great production and relatable, youthful but melodic lyrics. Causing his catchy lyrics to go viral on social media.
In Nigeria, there were electronic billboards displaying Black Sherif and Burna Boy names promoting their song Second Sermon Remix two weeks after its release. A full out effort of a Ghanaian artist trying to pierce the Nigerian market.
Kwaku The Traveler became the most Shazam song in the world in April with the song being Shazam over fiver hundred thousand times. Making Kwaku The Traveler one of the biggest songs in Africa while reaching the 5 spot on the U.S. Afrobeats Billboard Charts.
After winning 4 out of 5 nominations plus an emotional, pouring rain performance backed with a choir at the 3Music Awards in Accra, Black Sherif’s Kwaku The Traveler is garnering massive attention.
Why is Black Sharif Impact a Big Deal?
The afro-drill rapper impact is impressive because there is a belief Nigeria musicians and music fans do not support popular Ghanaian artist.
Even with notable artist like Sarkodie, Shata Wale, Stonebwoy having multiple years of presence in the afrobeat scene.
This particular conversation has been the topic of discussion as of late because of Shatta Wale’s comments at his Freedom Concert.
“Do know that majority of people in the Ghana music industry are fools? They told me that I won’t be able to fill my stadium. I don’t look up to any stupid Nigerian artist I look up to my fans. Fuck Nigeria” – Shatta WaleLink to video here
Even Nigerian legend Flavour backed up Shatta Wale statements by saying
“Numbers show us something. How can Diamond (Diamond Platnumz) have a song with over 30 million views in a month and the song isn’t played as much as it’s supposed to be here in Nigeria? That shows you that something is wrong and then a song with 600,000 views is being played like Michael Jackson just resurrected.” – Flavour
Black Sherif music is putting to bed that old narrative that Ghanaian artist cannot crossover globally and Nigeria does not support Ghanaian musician.
Only thing left is to settle the Nigerian and Ghana Jollof Rice Wars.
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